12-Month, Farmer-Led Training Program
Many skills are required to start and expand a successful farm business: passion, clear goals, production experience, financial and marketing know-how, and more. Farm Beginnings® will help you build these skills through one year of farmer-led training, mentoring, and networking. The program uses a holistic management frame and includes farmer-led classroom sessions, on-farm tours, and an extensive farmer network to help you clarify your goals and strengths, establish a strong enterprise plan, and start building your profitable and sustainable operation. Students do not need to own land, but some farming or production experience is required to get the most out of the program.
EXTENDED! Early Bird Discount if application received by August 10th! ($100 off tuition)
200+ Hours of Training
- Winter Whole-Farm Business Planning Courses—60 hours—October–March
- ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference—8 hours—February
- OGS Spring Conference —20+ hours—March
- Mentorship with an experienced Farmer Mentor—15 hours—March–September
- Production Training: WNC CRAFT tours on sustainable farms around WNC & Field Days at the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Incubator Farm and Living Web Farms—45 hours—April–October
- WNC CRAFT Farmer Network: Membership and mentoring in a regional farmer network—12 month
Location of Winter Whole-Farm Business Planning Courses 2019-2020
339 Avery Creek Rd, Arden, NC 28704
2019–20 Curriculum & Schedule
2019–20 Curriculum & Schedule is here.
The connections that we have created at New Roots through Farm Beginnings is what we cherish the most. Many different farmers took the time to share their stories, mistakes, successes and business models with us. These stories helped us in making many of our own first-time decisions. We now have a network of dear friends whom we can call on if we ever have a problem, need assistance, or just simply to talk, vent, and relate.New Roots Market Garden, Krista Wesch and Stephen Rosenthal
Organic Growers School is proud to be hosted at Creekside Farm Education Center, whose site proudly fosters new and beginning farmers through land access and training
Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training is approved by the US Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) as an Education Vendor. As a Farm Beginnings® Graduate, your training counts as a year of farm management experience when you apply for a farmland loan through the Farm Service Agency.
We are so appreciative to the farmers programs team! From the beginning and throughout the interactions we’ve had over the course of the program, you have helped us feel so supported and confident.Thank you!Knate Galaviz
For questions, please contact Farmer Programs Coodinator, Nicole DelCogliano at firstname.lastname@example.org
OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and our funding partners: USDA Rural Business Development Program, Community Foundation of WNC, CLIF Bar Family Foundation, UNFI Foundation, Harry Chapen Foundation, WNC Bridge Foundation, USDA Southern Extension Risk Management, and Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. Our Growth Partners (year-round program support) are: Carolina Farm Credit, Earth Tools, Biltmore Company, Buchi, Living Web Farms, and Chelsea Green Publishing. Our Media Sponsors are Hendersonville Community Co-op, and WNCW.